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Fight Club: 1941

Fight Club: 1941

June 1941. "Boxing. Transient workers living at the FSA migratory farm labor camp. Athena, Oregon (mobile unit)." The scrappers last seen here. Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Gosh, those guys are y-o-u-n-g!

The right hand guy looks like 16 or so, and the left guy could still be well shy of 20, too.

And being transient workers. Modern first-world kids tend to be in school or in vocational training at that age, or maybe doing odd jobs between schools.

A lot of modern guys would probably also envy the left guy for his muscle tone. And he got that all without spending any money (or time) on whey products, gyms, ahm, little helpers, and so forth. For what it's worth, he gets paid for it.

One swole, one not so much

The guy on the left, in the current slang used by my daughters, is a "swole boy" ("swole" being swollen), meaning muscular or well-built.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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